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Baldwin Hills contains over 900 acres of active oil fields in Los Angeles, California and is currently being sought after by the Baldwin Hills Conservancy and the City of Los Angeles to be integrated into a larger park totaling 1400 acres in the heart of L. A. equidistant between downtown and the Pacific Ocean.
This project is based on designing resiliency into an urban park or a revitalization prototype that can be used in variations across the site and integrated in patches while utilizing low-cost local materials. I proposed the infrastructural walls both physical and vegetative to create:
1. Identity and Structure
2. A Chaparral and Coastal Sage Scrub rehabilitation of a bald hillside, which inherently includes the presence of humans.
3. Habitat potentials
4. Filtration and slowing of stormwater
5. The creation of programmable spaces
6. Infrastructure with inherent resiliency which continues to function with human presence and after a fire.
This project was nominated for the Harvard GSD Studio Works publication by the studio critics.